Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio (Lecturer, Hotel Alphabet) trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil (University of Sussex) for her thesis Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain.
An accredited The Arts Society lecturer (see lectures), she was commissioned to write and present online courses for Tate and How To Read Paintings for Pearson Love to Learn. She has written numerous art reviews and essays and was commissioned to create a series of e-books on The Theatre of Mistakes.
Since attaining an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing (Glasgow University), her art practice is primarily text based including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: Whorticulture. She is revising her second novel, Bouche about C18th painter Francois Boucher and his patron Mme de Pompadour and writing her third - a thriller about Caravaggio.
She first visited Russia in 1987 and it remains one of her favourite destinations. She loves hotels and alphabets.
Paul McCormick (Director of Operations, Hotel Alphabet) trained as an artist and created the conceptual art work Impossible Diamond for New York duo Praxis and James Franco's Museum of Non-Visible Art. His paintings of political prisoners and his ceramic installation dedicated to the deaths of 100 schoolgirls in Afghanistan were chosen for In Kritieke Staat, an exhibition curated by Marit Otto for Kunstenlab, Deventer (2013).
Recent works include a 40m x 40m painting in concrete. He created the I Am Caravaggio! tour and never gets lost.